Barclays launches natural resources ETF

The fund tracks the Goldman Sachs Natural Resources index, a weighted index of 112 stocks from the energy, precious metals and timber sectors. The ETF will be traded on the American Stock Exchange.

Lee Kranefuss, the San Francisco-based chief executive of Barclays Global Investors' exchange–traded funds business, said the fund provides investors with broad diversification in the sector “in a cost-effective manner”.

ETFs are cash instruments that track an index or replicate the performance of a basket of stocks. They are traded on an exchange like a regular share.

Sandy Rattray, vice-president of derivatives and trading research at Goldman Sachs in New York, commented: “By tracking this objective index, the fund will provide investors with the exposure they desire to this important sector.”

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